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Illumina has received US Patent No. 7,604,173, "Holographically encoded elements for microarray and other tagging labeling applications, and method and apparatus for making and reading the same." The patent claims a method and apparatus for writing a code on an optical element. Specifically, the code is written on the optical element in the form of a holographic image of an n-dimensional code generated by an interference pattern between a reference beam and a signal beam reflected off a spatial light modulation device configured with the n-dimensional code.

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